There are a lot of benefits of no till garlic growing. The mycorrhizal network of fungal hyphae that connect plants and help distribute water, nitrogen, carbon and other minerals are important in increasing seed establishment and growth rate. No till allows these networks to establish and function optimally. Tilling obviously destroys these networks or sets them back weeks or months.
The perfect shaped head of garlic is what we have come to expect, but occasionally a head is
lopsided or the stem is curved radically.
Lopsided heads are often the result of a “double or triple” clove. Some varieties are more
prone to double cloves than others and I have no idea why. When separating heads into
cloves prior to planting you can see an extra fat or wide clove.
These are the soil amendments applied to my garden in 2016 as indicated by a soil test done at Logan Labs and interpreted by Michael Astera at Soil Minerals.com. Most of my sources are from “The Ideal Soil” publication. Any other source will be noted.